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This week public affairs is excited to introduce a new feature. ASBMB’s Advocacy Spotlight will highlight the efforts of science advocates to share the importance of biomedical research. If you know someone telling the story of science to legislators to advance science policy, email firstname.lastname@example.org, so that we can consider them. Dr. Robert “Bob” Matthews…
The U.S. House began debate yesterday on the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2015. While H.R. 1806 shares a name with the largely supported legislation passed in 2007 and reauthorized in 2010, it falls short of delivering the visionary policy priorities and investments in science research of its predecessors.
Today, U.S. House Republicans released their 10-year budget plan. Similar to recent budgets, this plan proposes to balance the federal budget in eight years. And similar to previous plans, this balance is achieved through spending cuts and reforms to mandatory spending programs such as Medicare.
Today, President Obama released his budget for fiscal 2016. This document contains the White House’s vision for the level of funding for every federal agency in the coming fiscal year. While Congress will not adopt Obama’s budget, the document lays out programs and projects that the White House considers a priority.
In this four-part series, we will take a look at important issues for the research community in 2015. Today’s topic is the National Science Foundation. We already looked at 21st Century Cures and federal research funding. Our last post about the National Institutes of Health will come later this week.
Over the past year and a half, U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, has confronted the National Science Foundation on matters of merit review and has singled out numerous NSF-funded grants he believes to be questionable uses of the agency’s funding.
This evening, a bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would fund the government for the rest of fiscal 2015. This appropriations bill combines all twelve appropriations bills that Congress works on during the year and condenses it into a single omnibus bill.
Photo credit: Wastebook 2014 from Sen. Tom Coburn’s website Yesterday, U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., released his annual “Wastebook,” a compilation of 100 government-funded projects the senator deemed wasteful. Five grants funded by the National Institutes of Health and 10 grants funded by the National Science Foundation made the list.
For the past several weeks, the National Science Foundation has had its fair share of air time on Capitol Hill. The Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act has been winding its way through the U.S. House Science, Space and Technology committee since November, and it was finally debated by the full committee two…